County has only crime rise in entire region in 2012

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Northamptonshire was the only county in the region to have an increase in crime in the first half of the year, new figures show.

Statistics from the Home Office which have been released today show that fifteen voilent crimes were comitted per 1,000 people in the county - only the Metropolitan Police, Hampshire, and North Wales had higher rates.

The numbers relate to the year ending June 2012 and show that every county in the East Midlands had a drop in crime, except for Northamptonshire.

The numbers are compared to the same period in 2011.

A total of 10,067 county residents were subjected to voilent offences - 15 every 1,000 people - and this ratio was on par with Greater Manchester and higher than the entire West Midlands.

The county also had the highest ratio of burglaries and criminal damage offences in the region.

There were 2,500 house burglaries in the first half of 2012.

Northamptonshire did not compare to the national picture favourably either - overall crime was down in England and Wales by six per cent.

Only Northamptonshire, Essex, Devon and Cornwall, North Wales, saw a spike in crime.

But people’s faith in the police is growing as 61 per cent of nearly 1,000 county residents quizzed said they agree that the force deal with local concerns.